The first public screening in Buffalo of "CHAUTAUQUA: AN AMERICAN NARRATIVE" was held at the studios of WNED. Following the viewing, Donald K. Boswell, President & CEO of WNED introduced Thomas Becker, President of Chautauqua Institution and John Grant, Producer of the show soon to be released nationally on PBS, for a Q&A session with the audience. This recording,(made from audience level),gives insight into the producers dilemma of having so much information and footage about Chautauqua, with only a limited amount of time available in an hour program. The story of Chautauqua itself, seems to defy description because it is rooted more in the experience of over 150,000 people who attend every year, usually for a week at a time. Overall, the audience expressed great satisfaction with the show and believed it captured the spirit, program, and lifelong learning experience that is "Chautauqua."
Tom Becker gives an inspirational view of the need and role of Chautauqua in the 21st Century for America and the world.
It is anticipated that this video will be part of next year's 2nd Annual "BUFFALO DAY AT CHAUTAUQUA," probably during Week 4, during the 2011 Season. The day will be sponsored, in part, by WNED and C-SAAHN.
-- By Dennis Galucki